When the LVAD Is Not Enough: BIVad Versus Total Artificial Heart

Author(s): Carmen Presti

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires Nov 15, 2026

Topics: Cardiovascular, Medication Management

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Patients living with advanced heart failure may be candidates for heart transplantation, but due to a poor supply of organs, many are offered the option of implantation of a mechanical circulatory support device. Participants in this session are able to describe device indications/contraindications for implantation, common complications, pharmacologic management strategies and outcomes and which device is best for the patient scenarios described.


  • Differentiate criteria for implantation of left ventricular assist devices, biventricular assist devices and the total artificial heart.
  • Analyze the benefits and drawbacks of pharmacologic therapies used with mechanical circulatory support devices.
  • Discuss management treatment and troubleshooting of the devices.

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Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 1.00 contact hours.

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